New ships sliding into busy waters; offering new features, deals and meals

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The Celebrity Solstice, first in the series of five new Celebrity ships which are brimming with posh features and casual elegance...along with really fine service and good food. THE CHESAPEAKE photo

Cruise ships rolled out by the dozen in the past several years offering innovations galore to the consumers.  All the major cruise lines made plan during the economic boom years for new ships on which they took delivery as the economy slowed

The Celebrity Equinox at dock in the Canary Islands. The CHESAPEAKE photo copyright 2010.
The Queen Elizabeth on her maiden voyage docked in Spain. THE CHESAPEAKE photo copyright 2010.

 The result is that the cruise lines have offered unheard of incentives to fill their ships.  

The Royal Caribbean newest ship and now title holder of the world's biggest, the Allure of the Seas at port in Fort Lauderdale. THE CHESAPEAKE photo copyright 2010.

  The twin giants of Royal Caribbean, the Oasis of the Seas, introduced in 2009 and the second and perhaps final in the series, the Allure of the Seas, provide great entertainment for the entire family with the ability to pack 6,000 people on board at one time.

One of the twin 'world's largest cruise ships', the Oasis of the Seas passes near another cruise ship north of Cuba as it heads to the Caribbean in 2010. Copyright 2010 THE CHESAPEAKE photo

Carnival has brought out its new ship the Carnival Dream while Disney introduced its Dream, the first new ship for it’s fleet in 10 years.  Celebrity will place its new Silhouette in Bayonne, New Jersey, the fourth of the new Solstice class. 

A serious game played out on a half acre lawn club on a portion of the upper deck of the Celebrity Equinox keeps passengers busy crossing the Atlantic. Copyright 2010 THE CHESAPEAKE photo

 The Solstice was launched in 2008, the Equinox in 2009 and the Eclipse in 2010.  All of the ships, along with a fifth due in 2012, carry about 3,000 passengers and weigh in at 120,000 tons. 

The new Cunard Lines Queen Elizabeth at dock at Carthegena, Spain, two weeks after she entered service in October, 2010. Copyright THE CHESAPEAKE photo

Cunard added a third Queen,  the Queen Elizabeth last fall, christened by Queen Elizabeth herself.  Last week, Cunard had its entire fleet in New York City harbor at one time for the first time in it’s history.
The Caribbean and the Med have become crowded with cruise ships over the past decade.

The Carnival Miracle is one of the largest fleet on the seas and features iconic comic characters in the glitzy decor. The ship is one of many which appeal to a family crowd for the line which was once known only for running party ships. THE CHESAPEAKE photo

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